Beckman gets 2nd Funny Car win of the season

August 18, 2008 by  
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MOHNTON, Pa. – In a final round that matched teacher against student, Funny Car driver Jack Beckman raced to his second win of the season on Sunday at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals.
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Beckman drove his Dodge Charger R/T to a 4.183-second run at 291.57 mph past Frank Hawley for his first win at Maple Grove. Hawley, who owns a drag racing school, employs Beckman as a drag racing instructor...

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The win also keeps Beckman securely in the top ten in points and a position in the Countdown to One championship.

Hot rod driver racing for ill kids in Snellville

April 23, 2008 by  
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Nationally known hot rod driver Melanie Troxel made a pit stop Tuesday in Snellville at a charity for medically fragile children.

Troxel, head of the Gotham City Racing Team, showed off her white Dodge Charger Nitro funny car to some of the kids at the corporate headquarters of Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, Inc., a non-profit organization helping children transition from hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers back to their...

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Blake and Nothstein following a dream

April 23, 2008 by  
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One wants to drive top Funny Car, and the other, who's blind, wants to help him get there.

Marty Nothstein is eight years removed from winning an Olympic cycling gold medal, and Jay Blake is 11 years from an industrial accident that took his sight. Together, they say, they're going to the top of the drag-racing world.

Nothstein begins his third season of professional drag racing by joining Follow A Dream Racing, which runs a Top...

Read the rest of this great and inspiring story written by Mark Wogenrich in The Morning Call

Funny Car veteran Hofmann, championship runner-up in 1995, dies

March 21, 2008 by  
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Former NHRA national-event-winning Funny Car driver Al Hofmann, a longtime fan favorite despite his take-no-prisoners exterior who gave John Force his most serious championship challenges in the mid-1990s, died March 20 of a heart attack at his home in Eustis, Fla. He was 60.

Hofmann, who won 15 times in 32 final-round appearances, was a regular in the NHRA top...

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2000 Gators Champ Toliver to Debut New Car in Gainesville

March 11, 2008 by  
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Jerry Toliver will be behind the wheel of a new race car at this weekend's NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., the third of 24 races on the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. The driver of the Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car tested two days this week with a new chassis at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga., in advance of this prestigious event.

The 2000 Gatornationals Funny Car winner made several shakedown runs down Valdosta's quarter-mile in the new Murf McKinney chassis on Sunday and Monday. The Rockstar Energy Drink team then packed up and headed to Gainesville.

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Beaver Shredding Expands Relationship with Creasy Family Motorsports

March 11, 2008 by  
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BEECHER, Ill (March 8, 2008) - Beaver Shredding, a long-time associate sponsor of the Creasy Family Motorsports', Torco Race Fuels Nitro Funny Car will expand its partnership with the two-time...

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Hight Heads to Gainesville with respect and hope

March 7, 2008 by  
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GAINESVILLE, FLA (March 7, 2008) --- Robert “Top Gun” Hight has a high level of respect for the drivers that have won and competed at Gainesville Raceway for the past four decades. He knows it is a special place for a variety of reasons, some happy and some sad.

Gainesville and Gainesville Raceway are home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the first 300 mph run in drag racing history. This is one of the few tracks on the NHRA tour where Hight is the current track record holder for elapsed time and speed at 4.686 seconds, 331.94 mph. But Gainesville is most special since it was here that Hight shared the race track with his good friend and teammate Eric Medlen for the last time.

“This is honestly a race I want to win really badly. This is where the Hall of Fame is and this is where you get great crowds for the races. It is unbelievable how many people turn out plus all the sponsors and older racers; guys that have won championships and are Hall of Famers. That is one race I really want to win,” said Hight, the current Funny Car points leader.

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Top Fuel veteran Mike Smith to make NHRA Funny Car debut

March 7, 2008 by  
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Former NHRA Top Fuel driver Mike Smith will experience a true father-son weekend when he makes his NHRA Funny Car debut during the upcoming ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals March 13-16 at famed Gainesville Raceway. Smith, son of legendary fuel tuner Paul Smith, will be driving the Tire Kingdom/Diamond Freight Distribution 2006 Monte Carlo. As an added bonus, Mike Smith's younger brother, Top Fuel driver John “Bodie” Smith, will join the crew as co-crew chief for the ...

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